Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

A59 at Kex Gill reopens

9 Jul 2018 by County Councillor Don Mackenzie

This follows load testing of the road over the weekend to ensure that it is safe for public use following repairs last week to stabilise the wall below the road

The road closed at the end of May after movement in the carriageway. Extensive ground investigations were necessary to ascertain the cause of the problem and to devise the remedy.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “I’m pleased that we have been able to reopen the road under traffic lights, which will be manually controlled during the coming week from 6am and 6pm every day, and until 9pm Tuesday to Thursday during the Great Yorkshire Show, to ensure maximum efficiency and to minimise delays.

“The closure period has been difficult for local communities, particularly businesses, so I’m sure they will welcome the reopening. It has always been our priority to reopen the A59 as quickly as possible for the benefit of all road users. It has been a complex operation in difficult conditions, but our staff and contractors have worked hard to reach this point.”

Over the coming weeks, the road will continue to be monitored daily at Kex Gill for any further movement.

The County Council continues to work on a permanent solution to reopen the road fully. It will do all it can to keep the road open and to minimise any further closures. However, given the scale of the problem more permanent works may require a further road closure. As soon as details are finalised, the Council will engage locally on when to carry out the repairs, what the implications are and how best to mitigate them.

The County Council’s ultimate solution is to realign this section of the A59 to the other side of the valley. The public can view the preferred proposed route for the realignment at www.northyorks.gov.uk/kexgill and can email comments to LTP@northyorks.gov.uk. Anyone unable to access the internet can call 01609 780780 or write to Transport Planning Team, Business and Environmental Services, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD. The deadline for comments is 12 July, 2018.